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The big preview - Accrington

1 November 2013

Wanderers make the long trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday in search of a fourth victory in five games.

Blues went into last weekend’s home clash with Bury on the back of three successive wins, but the visitors’ improved second-half display saw them leave Adams Park with all three points.

Gareth Ainsworth has hinted at changes and will definitely make at least one alteration with Matt Bloomfield serving the first match of a three-game ban for his red card against the Shakers.

Accrington may sit bottom of the Football League, but James Beattie’s side are unbeaten in four games and have won their last two.

The victories over Bristol Rovers and Morecambe were Stanley’s first Sky Bet League 2 successes of the season and came after a 12-game winless streak.

Gareth Ainsworth – speaking to Chairboys Player

“They’ve had two wins on the spin and we’ve had the reports. They also drew against Oxford and in their last game they beat Morecambe away.

“That’s a great result because Morecambe are one of the sides who, after we beat them on the first day of the season, have grown from strength to strength and are around the top of the league.

“They seemed to have stopped the rot and we want to put them back on that run. I don’t want to mince my words – we want to go up there and win!

“It’s not a Portsmouth and it’s not the grandstand of Premier League two/three years ago. It’s Accrington Stanley, they have Portakabins for changing rooms, it will be hostile, a tight pitch and up in the North West where I am from, so I know it’s going to be wet and windy.

“It’s going to be a tough game, but I think whatever XI I put out there is good enough to beat Accrington.”

Click here for the full interview with Blues' boss.

Team news

Ainsworth has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from with only the aforementioned Bloomfield ruled out. Dean Morgan and Steven Craig both enjoyed 45-minute run-outs against QPR on Tuesday, while Sebastian Cann- Svärd completed the full 90 minutes.

Matt Spring is available again after recovering from a neck injury and he also played the full game on Tuesday, as did Leon Johnson, who has not featured since the defeat at Rochdale on 28th September.

Beattie named an unchanged side for Stanley’s win over Morecambe and could do the same again with defenders Laurence Wilson, Michael Liddle, Rob Atkinson and Luke Clark all still sidelined through injury.

On-loan midfielder James Caton remains a doubt with a knee injury, however, on-loan striker Kayode Odejayi is back from suspension.


Accrington 7/4
Wycombe 6/4
Draw 23/10

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